MAIT, SAP Suggest Using IoT For Disaster Management

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India’s manufacturers’ association of information technology (MAIT) and global IT solutions major SAP  on Thursday suggested the Indian government to look at newer technologies like the internet of things (IoT) for disaster management.

In the quest of pushing the case further, MAIT also released a whitepaper titled ‘IoT for effective disaster management’ and recommended a ‘seven-point’ action plan for effective tackling of future disasters.

“Information technology has played a key role in changing the face of our country and noteworthy initiatives like Digital India are encouraging us to push the boundaries of innovation. I am happy that industry bodies such as MAIT have taken the lead in helping the government devise proactive policies and plans, and suggest ways to most effectively deploy Information and Communication Technologies to mitigate the effects of disasters,” said Kiran Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs while releasing the whitepaper.

The white paper recommends a ‘Seven-Point Action Plan’ to shift from a ‘relief and recovery’ model to ‘risk and vulnerability assessment’ and address key issues and challenges related to management of natural and man-made disasters in India. In this hyper-connected era, Internet of Things (IoT) plays an important role by interconnecting intelligent devices for the purpose of sharing information. It also provides early warnings through sensor based technologies, thereby creating innovative and effective systems for disaster management.

“For the Digital India vision to be successfully realized, it is crucial that we recognize and leverage the potential of emerging technologies such as IoT in disaster management, so as to avoid or minimize the negative impacts of unforeseen events on citizen lives and the economy,” said MAIT President Debjani Ghosh. She is also the India head of Intel who is betting big on IoT.

“IoT is equally relevant for public transportation, government supply chain management, and  centrally-managed citizen information repositories such as the one created for Aadhaar, where connected devices can enable efficient, timely and targeted delivery of government healthcare and educational services to citizens,” she added.

Suggesting ways and means in tackling disasters like earthquake and floods, SAP also showcased some of its solutions and demonstrated case studies where the IT company has deployed its solutions for disaster management.

“The opportunities for application of technologies in disaster management are significant. One such revolution is IoT, which will help to not only respond but also predict and help react on a real-time basis. These predictions and correlations will be transformational. We are happy to have contributed to this initiative which is the first step towards managing future calamities and making lives better,” said Deb Deep Sengupta, SAP’s President & MD for Indian subcontinent.

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